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Why Cell Phones are Replacing the Laptop
Posted By Damon Brown On September 1, 2006 @ 12:00 am In Mobility Tips and Tricks | No Comments
Ten years ago, the BlackBerry was known as a Wall Street icon or a geek organizer, far too expensive and nerdy to be used by mere mortals.
Today, “BlackBerry” is the new “Kleenex,” the generic name people give to any personal digital assistant, or PDA. Treo and other companies are giving BlackBerry a run for its money, while cute devices like the T-Mobile Sidekick have made owning a PDA-like cell phone hip. When little portable computer phones get Paris Hilton endorsements, it’s safe to say that their bigger cousin, the laptop, is going the way of the dinosaur.
“In a physical sense, there are many phones that now have QWERTY keyboards and scaled down Intel processors,” says Kurt Collins, business development manager at Photobucket, an online publisher of visual digital content. “Many PDA phones come with software that allows the user to not only check e-mail, but also read and write Microsoft Office documents.”
Cell phones and PCs now rank as the most important devices for American consumers under 40, outranking even the TV, according to a survey by Forrester Research. The way that translates into the business market is that more and more consumer technologies are being used by workers in the office and out in the field. Laptop sales are, by some estimates, on schedule to outpace PC sales. But cell phones are already surpassing land-line phones in such locations as Europe and certain states, such as North Dakota, according to regulators. In mid-2006, the number of cellular connections in the world reached 2.5 billion, having just climbed over the 2 billion mark a year ago, according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence, a research venture that tracks the global market for mobile technology.
The sharp trajectory of growth for cell phones and the growing number of PC-like features being incorporated into their design are fueling the theory that the cell phone is becoming the new laptop. Here are the reasons why:
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